Australia’s Role in the World is a project that aims to connect young people with the Australia’s foreign policy and its place in the global community. To achieve this, we believe in getting young people educated and engaged in international policy and the people who make it.
Australia’s Role in the World aims to:
- Engage young people in dialogue on key international issues
- Enhance public awareness of Australia’s role in addressing the global shifts and challenges of the 21st century
- Capture and promote youth opinion and engagement with Australia’s foreign policy priorities and positions
- Advance knowledge and enrich appreciation of global citizenship
- Interactive tools including a polling mechanism, a ‘learn’ hub and journal
- Featured topics exploring global health, the Asian Century, citizen diplomacy and Australia’s bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council
- Opinion pieces provided by key thought leaders on each issue
- Footage of talks, debates and panels held at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of International Affairs focusing on the topics to be featured on the Australia’s Role in the World website
- Social media coverage and engagement with the website
- Links to partner organisations and parallel events
About the Strategic Partners
The Australian Institute of International Affairs is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes interest in and understanding of international affairs. The AIIA was ranked in the top ten think tanks in Asia in the 2011 Global Go To Think Tank Ranking. It hosts more than 200 events every year nationwide and publishes the highly ranked Australian Journal of International Affairs. The AIIA is an independent, non-partisan organisation that provides a platform for discussion on important contemporary international issues.
The University of Melbourne continues to strive to be one of the finest in the world. Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching, research achievements and social and economic contributions. The University¹s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.
Melbourne meets global challenges with ingenuity and intelligence, with respect for all common humanity and cultural differences. It draws on the rich diversity of its student and staff, maintaining strong relationships with overseas partner institutions and an alumni network of outstanding graduates spread across the globe. The University has a strong sense of place, cherishing its setting in the vibrant multicultural metropolis of the city of Melbourne. Here, teaching is paramount, scholars gather from around the world and learning communities enrich their work with evolving technologies.
Melbourne seeks the brightest students from the widest range of backgrounds. It offers outstanding education designed to equip each generational cohort to succeed in a globalised environment, defining a future that it values.
UN Youth Australia, believing in the purposes and principles of the United Nations, aims to encourage young people to strive towards a greater understanding of global issues, and to educate them about the United Nations’ structure, functions and future. Operating as a national network of young volunteers, UN Youth Australia is based firmly on a philosophy of best practice youth-for-youth leadership.
UN Youth Australia aims to develop students’ skills in vital areas such as debating, negotiation, leadership, problem-solving and understanding of international affairs in an accessible and supportive environment. By encouraging young people to discuss and debate important issues amongst their peers and the broader community, UN Youth Australia gives voice to the concerns of young people. Ultimately, UN Youth Australia plays a dual role as an educational and advocacy body for Australia’s young people.
UN Youth Australia is made up of divisions in every state and territory. These divisions run annual programs of conferences and competitions for high school and tertiary aged students, reaching thousands of young people each year.